Attention Club Owners: Don’t Be Caught Without A Blanket License for Live Music


Nightclubs are popular entertainment venues that provide a lively atmosphere for patrons to enjoy music, dance, and socialize. However, in order to legally play music in these establishments, nightclub owners must secure a license from performance rights organizations (PRO) such as ASCAP and BMI. As an entertainment attorney, I would like to emphasize the importance of obtaining a blanket license as it is not only a legal requirement, but also serves to protect the rights of artists and creators and promote the growth of the music industry.

One of the main benefits of acquiring a blanket license from ASCAP and BMI is that it allows nightclubs to play an unlimited number of musical works from the PRO’s extensive repertory. This license eliminates the need for nightclub owners to keep track of each individual song played, and reduces the risk of copyright infringement. Moreover, a blanket license also provides peace of mind for nightclub owners, as it indicates their commitment to operating within the bounds of the law and protecting their establishment from potential legal repercussions.

Another advantage of obtaining a blanket license is the cost savings it provides. Rather than acquiring individual licenses for each song, nightclub owners can access the entire repertory of music for a single fee, reducing their overall expenses. This cost-effective solution is especially beneficial for nightclubs that frequently change their playlists, as they can quickly adapt to new music trends without incurring additional costs.

Moreover, a blanket license provides nightclubs with greater flexibility in their music selection. Owners can experiment with different playlists and music genres, creating a unique and dynamic atmosphere that appeals to their patrons. This ability to change the music selection also helps nightclubs to stay relevant and competitive in an ever-evolving market.

Obtaining a blanket license also ensures that artists and creators are fairly compensated for their work. The license fees collected by the PRO’s provide financial support for the ongoing creation of new music, thereby promoting the growth and development of the music industry. Additionally, fair compensation for artists helps to maintain the quality and diversity of musical works available for nightclubs to play.

Finally, securing a blanket license from ASCAP and BMI sends a positive message to the community. By doing so, nightclubs demonstrate their commitment to supporting the arts and promoting cultural diversity, enhancing their reputation and building stronger relationships with their local community.

In conclusion, obtaining a blanket license from ASCAP and BMI is an important investment for nightclub owners. It provides peace of mind, cost savings, and flexibility in music selection, while also supporting the rights of artists and creators and promoting the growth of the music industry. Ultimately, a blanket license is a crucial component for the successful operation of a nightclub. Don’t wait until it is too late, invest in a blanket license today.  The team at the Law Office of Nicole Weaver, PLLC can help you to negotiate and obtain this license a fair value before you incur hefty fines.  Contact us at [email protected], 407.536.6889, or for more information.